Victorian Players explore Lincoln assassination

“Finale,” the first of an assassination trilogy planned for 2013 by the Victorian Players, will open Friday for a three weekend run.

The play, written by Ira David Wood III, looks at the family of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. Edwin Booth, John’s brother, returns to the basement of the Booth Theatre in New York in 1873 just after his brother’s storage trunk has been returned to him by the U.S. government. He is soon joined by the now deceased members of the family, including his infamous brother, to rectify family problems that were never put to rest during their lifetimes, including the biggest problem: why did John kill Lincoln and shame this family for all time?

The cast features Brady Flamino, Jim Canacci, Barbara Malizia, Regina Reynolds, Rosalyn Blystone, Hunter Thomas and Tom O’Donnell.

“Finale” is directed by J.E. Ballantyne Jr. as part of a John F. Kennedy assassination trilogy. Ballantyne’s plays, “Sparky … From Chicago” and “Specter of Treason – The Oswald Trial,” will be staged in July and November, respectively.

Ballantyne included “Finale” as part of the trilogy because of the similarities between the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations.

“Finale” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 24 at the Victorian Players Theater, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngs-town. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. For reservations or more information, call 330 746-5455.

The Victorian Players will have a book fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at Barnes and Noble in Boardman. Actors from the production will be in character speaking about the incidents surrounding the Lincoln assassination, and short scenes will be presented. Vouchers are available by calling 330-799-6176 that will let the Victorian Players receive a portion of the proceeds for any purchases made during the event.